On the morning of Sunday 18 March over 42,000 runners will line up at Auckland’s Quay Street, ready to run 8.4km distance to St Heliers Bay, as part of the Ports of Auckland Round The Bays Race.
Entries are flooding in, says says the event spokesperson Sandra King. “We expect to surpass the 70,000 participant record this year.”
In its 40th year, Ports of Auckland Round the Bays will donate over $100,000 to children’s charities with proceeds from this year’s event.
Projects will include a new play area for Kidz First Children’s Hospital, 500 electric thermometers for the Child Cancer Foundation, plus donations to Make a Wish Foundation, Garden to Table Trust and Fairfax First Books.
In the past 10 years alone, entrants in Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, which is owned by Fairfax Media and sponsored by Sunday Star-Times, have contributed over $1.2 million to charities.
Corporates are again making Round the Bays one of their biggest staff events of the year, with companies such as ASB, Mainfreight, Barfoot & Thompson and Fletcher Construction entering big teams.
ASB Executive General Manager Culture and Community, Linley Wood, says Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is an important date on the bank’s calendar. “We’ll be fielding a team of over 1200 again this year.”
Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children (16 and under). The Race website.